Focussing on one Redpoll

26th January 2014
Just after the New Year I was sitting out in the garden with the camera and noticed one Redpoll had a little silver ring on its right leg. Now I must admit I'm not the biggest fan of ringing small birds - remain to be convinced that the information we gain outweighs the impact on the birds, with concerns having been raised with mist-netting - but when a pre-ringed bird shows it's too good an opportunity to miss.

However it's not that straightforward - the ring is tiny, the digits even more so, and you're wholly dependent on the bird sitting in a position where you can focus on the ring not the bird (I don't find that easy!) and on the ring moving round the bird's leg so all digits are eventually displayed. Needless to say this took a few days and I reckon something around 300 shots - that's the beauty of digital photography, I certainly would not have bothered in the old film days - but eventually all the details were captured. Fortunately this bird also had a notable feature as you can see - it's missing the claw off the middle toe - so an easy cross-check

So the details have been submitted - will post the information we get back

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